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Having reached 2007, I can now look back on LJ as an aid to memory. Needless to say, this is spectacularly little help. On this day in history, as it were, I helpfully aided the would-be historical researcher with an exhaustively in-depth review of Richard Hammond's interview with Evel Knievel, and some warbling about the BBC's Christmas concert, in which that year's prospective Josephs sang some songs (though not enough, apparently) with the previous year's prospective Marias. Which, if taken as any sort of aid to memory, would make my year appear to be all about insane crashing and wannabe West Enders. Although, in all fairness, that's not a bad summary of my year. 2007 did not go well. It started out deceptively normal, then took a wild swerve in May, and attacked with all guns blazing. And I apologise to all of you who got caught up in that summer's appalling floods. They fitted my mood so well, I've always half-considered myself responsible.

As I said, the year didn't start off badly at all - in fact quite the opposite. ITV debuted Primeval, and I fell in love with the whole ruddy thing. Although I enjoyed most of New Who that year, Primeval was more fun than almost anything had been in years. Some great characters, a great set up, and giant prehistoric beasties at every turn. Joy and merriment, although sadly only for half a dozen weeks. Over on the BBC, Outnumbered aired for the first time this year as well. That was good, at least for the first few years. The little girl in that, Ramona Marquez, is the daughter of Martin Marquez, my stalker Hotel Babylon guy (see last year), so that was nice. Less nice of course was the fact that this was the year that Verity Lambert died. She gave us some terrific television over the years. A remarkable woman.

And then of course there was Any Dream Will Do. Who could have thought that I, with my reality TV allergy, would have become so ridiculously attached to a little group of guys trying to be chosen as the lead in a production of Joseph?! But I did. Enough so that I've tried to keep up with the careers of a handful of them, particularly the winner, Lee Mead. Although I'm not watching Casualty, Lee. Sorry. Not for you, not for anybody.

Musically, not a bad year. I said that with complete confidence, didn't I, but I was no longer really listening to the radio by this point, and have no idea of the pop scene. There was a new album from Springsteen this year; a proper one with the E Street Band. None of his dire solo nonsense. Sorry, Bruce. I never have liked your solo albums. So far as the cinema is concerned, there was the superb Pan's Labyrinth; although technically I think that was released in 2006, but who's counting. Also this was the year when they tried to remake The Hitcher. Why?! I don't think anybody saw it though.

Did anything important happen in 2007? No? Oh good. On to the music then.

Mika made his name in 2007 with the song Grace Kelly. I know it irritates some people, but hard luck!

Also big this year was Amy Winehouse. A truly superb voice.

The Hoosiers and Worried About Ray. I had to turn to Vimeo for this one, as I wanted the video, and their official YouTube channel informs me that it's not available in my country. They're a British band for goodness sakes!

No idea what this is from, other than something Dutch, but here's Lee Mead doing Close Every Door:

And wrapping it up for this year, here's Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band playing Radio Nowhere in the middle of the street, because reasons. Who cares, it's Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, it's Radio Nowhere, I'm happy.


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Dec. 24th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
Primeval was so good! I miss it.
Dec. 24th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
I only liked the first series as it turned out! But I certainly miss that. It was so much fun.
Dec. 25th, 2015 07:42 am (UTC)
I loved Primeval ... ditched my icons along the way, though! ;-)
Dec. 25th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
It was a fun show. I'm a sucker for anything involving prehistory.
Dec. 25th, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC)
I had a Top Gear moment last night, watching 8 Out Of 10 Cats - finding out that Clarkson actually hit a researcher before getting fired.

I absolutely missed all this although I knew he got fired. How the heck did I miss it? I have no idea at this point why I thought he got the boot, but it wasn't that. Bloody hell.

I'm missing early Nu!Who horribly, enough to have started a re-watch. Probably because of current!Who. Never did get into Primeval, though. And Pan's Labyrinth blooming freaked me out. Good film though. I find anything about the Spanish Civil War depressing, as a rule, for obvious reasons.

ETA: Oh, and Merry Christmas/Winterval!

Edited at 2015-12-25 03:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed you missed that, as it was all over the news earlier in the year! Apparently he was dealing with some horrible stuff in his private life (a cancer scare amongst other things), so I'm willing to cut him a little slack. Never did like Clarkson though.

And yeah, the Spanish Civil War is all a bit depressing. It's so crazy to think that there was a Facist government just over the water until well into the 1970s. Mad.

As to "Primeval", I adored season one, and then hated everything that came after! One little show, two hundred complete revamps. It changed direction so often, somebody really should have offered the show-runner a road map.

ETA: Um. Yes, and a merry what's left of Christmas to you too! :)

Edited at 2015-12-25 08:44 pm (UTC)
Dec. 26th, 2015 11:36 am (UTC)
Primeval was good fun. How did they get back from the past though? Should look it up!

Lee Mead looks like he's cleaning the floor as a male Cinderella. I managed one 'Holby City' for David Collings sake, that all you need really;p
Dec. 26th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
"Primeval" was all portals. Big portals opening up at random in picturesque English locations (or supermarkets), allowing giant prehistoric beasties to wander through. Or slightly absent-minded scientists to wander through the other way. I loved season one, but then they changed it all for season two. Woe.

What I object to with "Casualty" is that it used to be really good. I rewatched series one a little while back (it's from 1984! Blimey). And it was properly good drama. Nowadays it's just another soap though.
Dec. 27th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
They kept changing 'Primeval' all the time it was hard to catch up. Dinosaurs still kept popping up from the past or the future anywhere but now or more accurately 2011!
Dec. 27th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
Did they have more dinosaurs later? There was only one dinosaur episode in the whole of the first two series, and then I gave up. Not that dinosaurs would make me watch the later trainwreck, but still. They could have given me dinosaurs earlier, damn it!
Dec. 28th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
When the team escaped from the past and the future back to the present day they kept being menaced by monsters from the future or they would go to the future and be attacked there. There was lots of running around.
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